Heruka Vajrasattva Tsog
This Heruka Vajrasattva Tsog practice, written by Lama Thubten Yeshe, consists of a series of requesting verses combined with the recitation of the hundred-syllable mantra of Vajrasattva. All are welcome to participate. The yoga method of Heruka Vajrasattva has the power to purify all negative energy, which is the main thing preventing us from actualizing the path to enlightenment. This impure energy creates both physical and mental hindrances, and also leaves certain imprints. When you feel that you cannot meditate—there are too many interruptions, you cannot do anything, you cannot solve your problems—remember that there is something else you can do to remove obstacles to your progress: purification. Combining insight meditation with a powerful purification practice, such as the yoga method of Heruka Vajrasattva, helps ensure that you will gain the realizations you seek without frustration.
This Heruka Vajrasattva practice includes tsog: an offering ceremony that represents assembling all of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in a visualization of a sacred dance. Tsog means “gathering” or “assembly,” and in this practice, it is often rendered as “pure offering.” However, the actual tsog is one’s meditation on transcendental, blissful wisdom. The entire purpose of offering tsog is to generate the experience of this blissful wisdom within oneself and to overcome the ordinary appearance and conception of sensory objects. Because the offering of tsog is a profound method for transcending mundane thought, the entire practice assists us in going beyond our ordinary experience of subject and object.
While Heruka Vajrasattva is the highest yoga tantra aspect of Vajrasattva, and those practicing highest yoga tantra normally have a commitment to do a tsog practice twice each month (on the 10th and 25th of the lunar calendar), anyone without an initiation can participate in this particular practice. For those without initiation, you can visualize Heruka Vajrasattva above the crown of your head or in the space front of you. Here is more information about the benefits of the practice.
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“If someone offers a small flower or rice to a Buddha statue, a stupa or scripture then the benefit extends from then up to Enlightenment. Amazing, amazing. It is said in the sutra Piled Flowers, on top of that benefit, you achieve ultimate happiness – liberation from the causes of delusion and karma and on top of that full Enlightenment – all the realizations and omniscient mind.” —Lama Zopa Rinpoche
About the Puja Leader
Jennifer Kim first encountered Buddhism in 2007, after she taught English to Tibetan Buddhist monks in New Zealand and was struck by their joy, scholarship, and deep kindness. Since that time, she has dedicated most of her life to studying and practicing the Dharma, in addition to sharing it with others.
She has attended numerous teachings and retreats over the years with heart teachers including HH Dalai Lama, Choden Rinpoche, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Yangsi Rinpoche, and Khandro Tsering Kunga Bum-ma. She enjoys a special affinity to Tara practice.
Jennifer has been part of Shantideva Center since 2010 and has served as its director, amongst various roles. She also works for Potential Project, which integrates traditional wisdom traditions with scientific research and modern business application to help create more human-centric world of work. She enjoys both traditional Dharma practice and its application to meet the needs of people from all walks of life.